Slowing the growth of coal power in China: the role of finance in state-owned enterprises

In the past few decades, China has experienced rapid growth in coal power, leading to the country’s increased CO2 emissions, which reached 8.25 billion tons in 2012 (IEA). Climate Policy Initiative examines the financing of Chinese coal power plants, beginning with an overview of the current state of the coal power sector, with the aim of exploring financing levers which could optimize electric power growth while also greening the system. In particular, it focus on state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the state-owned and state-controlled companies which dominate the coal power industry.